None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives
January 28, 2002
If the pleasures of tea, a letter from a friend, sparkling
oceans and ships appeal to you, this movie will be a delight.
From the sunlit kitchen tables to the birds chirping at the
country estates, you will find the atmosphere and sound very
This is the story of two people seeking a second chance at
happiness and almost seeming to pass by one another like two
ships in the night. Neither is willing to say what they are
feeling as both are still emotionally distraught from their
Anne (Amanda Root) is an angel of mercy to everyone around
her. She not only provides care, she also seems to be everyone's
confidante. In her eyes we see her own private torture, which
she tries to hide at all costs. She feels that perhaps she made
a mistake in rejecting the love of Capt. Wentworth (Ciarán
Hinds), who could not provide for her financially at the time.
When he appears in her life again, she fears she may lose him
Her own family has gone in various directions due to their
own financial difficulties. She is burdened with guilt and
financial worries. At first she is shy and melancholy and then
when she realizes love may again be within her reach, she
blossoms into a beautiful woman who knows exactly what she
The temptation at the start of this movie is to just stop the
tape and rewind. However, something in the story kept me
watching and the conclusion was very worthwhile. The story is
not complex, yet the finer details are worth following and are
at times very amusing. Some of the dialogue is so wonderful you
have to rewind just to listen to it again!
Mr. Elliot: "Good company is always worth keeping."
Anne: "My idea of good company, Mr. Elliot, is the
fellowship of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal
of conversation and a liberality of ideas. That is what I call
Mr. Elliot: "That is not good company. That is the
Or when Mr. Elliot is trying to seduce Anne into marrying him
he tries to work his way into her heart with some blandishment
and yet Anne is only engaging in a casual dalliance.
Anne: "You presume to know me very well, Mr.
Mr. Elliot: "In my heart...I know you...intimately."
A relaxing, beautiful and contemplative movie
you can enjoy on a cold day with a pot of tea and some
heart-shaped shortbread cookies.